With her early roots in Bollywood, “Quantico” actress Priyanka Chopra is quickly making her mark in Hollywood.

Looking stunning in a Loewe dress and tossed waves on the cover of Flare magazine’s September 2016 issue, the 34-year-old beauty explains her desire for achieving diversity in both television and film.

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“Storytelling cannot be based on what someone looks like,” Chopra, who hails from India, says. “Everyone has stories: you have a story; I have a story. They just need to be written. And casting needs to happen based on the best person for the job, not the Indian girl or the black girl. The girl next door is no longer blonde-haired and blue-eyed, nor is she brown-haired and brown-eyed. She’s not one person. And our entertainment needs to be a representation of that.”

Photo: Peter Ash Lee
Photo: Peter Ash Lee

When it comes to fighting feminism, the former beauty pageant star says, “We’ve been told for eons that a woman should be a certain way, dress a certain way, behave a certain way. That’s what the fight of feminism is for: we’re asking for the opportunity to make our own choices without being judged – a freedom that men have enjoyed for centuries.”

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While it may not have been Chopra’s dream to be a pageant queen, the actress explains how different pageants in India and the United Kingdom are compared to Trump’s spectacles in the United States. “They didn’t even have a swimsuit competition in Miss World,” she clarifies. “They were more focused on whether you’re a leader; how compassionate you are. At 17, I was asked to speak about the economic structures of foreign countries.”



Chopra, who stars as the villain in the upcoming “Baywatch” reboot, contends that when she is searching for her next role she will “always look for parts that make an impact.” She says, “It’s a great time to be a female actor right now, especially if you stand your ground. I won’t settle.”